Our final bastion of control. True will is quiet humility, flexibility & resilience.
- If perception and actions are disciplines of the mind. The will is the discipline of the heart and the soul - It gives you the strength to endure life’s hardship, and make the best of a bad situation and deal with fate with cheerfulness and compassion - This self imposed stress builds a strength inside us that is referred to as the inner citadel, nobody is born with one, it must be built through tough times. - We can’t afford to shy away from things that intimidate us, life will force us into times that we don’t want - Think of a pre-mortem, the pre-meditations of evils. Examine the worst possible ending BEFORE it happens. Think about what will or can go wrong and what to do about it - The only guarantee we have is that things will go wrong, and the only way for us to deal with it is to prepare for the inevitable failures, so we can either answer them, fix them or even endure them - Constraints in life are a good things, because they can accept them and let them guide us. - Part of the human condition is being hindered and having constraints placed on us, and it is up to us to not take them personally. - To do great things, we have to endure tragedy and setbacks, and we have to learn to find joy in these setbacks - We can’t choose what happens to us, we can only choose how we react, and why would we choose to be negative? - When something doesn't go our way, or we don’t get the results we want, we want to quit. The better response is to keep fighting and keep pushing forward. - Creating a shared goal and common shining light, means you can hold yourself to a higher standard, and always look at how others are benefitting from your actions - We waste a lot of time doing things that are not important, and death needs to be there to remind us that we should be careful with how we spend our time. - Just when you think something ends, something else comes up. This is life, never ending problems that we have to overcome - Stoic metaphor of fire: the fire uses the fuel to burn brighter, but ultimately consumes it. - First perceive reality correctly, Secondly act correctly and finally endure and accept the world as it is. - Leave no option unexplored
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